Saturday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 6.3.2006:
Russia and China reportedly will not to oppose sanctions.
- ABC News reported that a European Union diplomat said: "There is something like a catalog of sanctions and we can pick and choose from them. The agreement reached ... is also that Russia and China can abstain from any sanctions, but not say no."
- The Guardian reported that Britain said that military force against Iran is not on the agenda in the international impasse over Iran's uranium enrichment program.
- Reuters reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "I can say unambiguously that all the agreements from yesterday's meetings rule out in any circumstances the use of military force."
- News24.com reported that Iran has "weeks" to respond to a diplomatic initiative agreed on Thursday by the United States and other major powers.
- Asia Times argued that the regime wants nothing short of ironclad guarantees that the US would not now, or in the future, attempt to destabilize its government.
- New York Sun reported that President Bush said of Iran: "If they continue their obstinance, if they continue to say to the world, 'We really don't care what your opinion is,' then the world is going to act in concert."
- The Times Online examined Condi Rice's Iran strategy and why Europe is likely to undermine it.
- Marinka Peschmann, Western Standard reported that Iran's democrats are furious that former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark is protecting the mullahcracy he helped install. A must read.
- Allister Heath, The Spectator provides historical insight into why the Neo-Nazis are rallying to Iran's President.
- The Jerusalem Post reported that if cornered by the West over its nuclear program, Iran could direct Hizbollah to enlist its widespread international support network to aid in terrorist attacks.
- CNSNews.com reported that ethnic unrest continues in parts of Iran, prompting some exiled members of Iranian minorities to step up calls for a concerted effort to topple the clerical regime.
- The Hindu reported that Donald H. Rumsfeld questioned Iran's involvement with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), saying the regime's terrorist links clashed with the aims of the Russian and Chinese-dominated group.